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CA estuary field study begins

Above, from left, Mears Pollard, Boyd Bragg, John Vail, Christchurch School teacher Will Smiley, Eliza Carr Schmidt and Charlie Li get some hands-on and upclose ecology training.

Learning that is relevant and authentic develops deep skill sets that apply broadly to all areas of the Chesapeake Academy (CA) curriculum. The concept of Place-Based Learning draws from this axiom and is clearly in play as academy seventh and eighth grade students head out onto Chesapeake Bay this week.

Students will be learning about aquaculture, oysters, bay ecology, nutrient cycles, and food chains in the bay as they prepare for the comparative field study of the Chesapeake Bay and the Florida Keys planned for this spring.

“Dynamic, engaging learning develops enthusiastic and successful learners,” said Chesapeake Academy science teacher, Paul McAllister. “And it is the most fun way to teach!

“Many thanks to Christ-church School Great Journeys Watershed Coordinator Dave Cola for his help in facilitating this phase of the field study,” said McAllister.

posted 11.25.2014

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